My portfolio

As my clown teacher used to say, "What does not get expressed will become impressed," so I make things. Sometimes I collaborate with people, sometimes I go it solo. Want to work together? Drop me a line!



I write because I love to read. Current obsessions include: Voice Lessons: On Becoming a (Woman) WriterThe Possessed, The Crane WifeAbandon Me, I Am I Am I AmDear Mr. You, and Circe. I'm currently working on a book of essays entitled Clown.


  • "Artist", Salt Hill Journal

  • "The Astronaut", Pigeon Pages (finalist in the 2020 Essay Contest)

  • "Afternoons", Chicago Center for Literature and Photography



I tell personal narrative stories about family, clowning, ill-fated artistic retreats, failed auditions, and other misadventures I've both fostered and endured on my creative journey. 

Where I've told:

  • MN Tellabration

  • Open Book

  • Cabaret on the Lake

  • Truth Be Told

  • Tenx9 Chicago

  • Chicago Dramatists

  • Story Sessions

  • This Much Is True

  • Truth or Lie

  • Was The Word 

  • Mortified Chicago

  • Is This a Thing?

  • Witching Hour Festival

  • Under the Gun Theater

  • Nerdalogues

  • Fictlicious

  • The Bucket Show

  • Gilead

  • Do Not Submit

  • Homewood Stories



I fell in love with acting when I saw Kate Eifrig in Heather Raffo's 9 Parts of Desire, but reading Maria Irene Fornes' Mud made me want to direct, and basically anything by Sarah Ruhl made me want to write. Who says you have to choose?

Acting Touring Credits

  • Map of my Kingdom, Angela Martin, Swander Woman Productions

  • Are You There, George?, Natalie/Writer/Producer, Dir. Kaitlyn Busbee

  • Out of Bounds, Dani, Working Group Theatre

  • Finder's Daughter, Jitka, Working Group Theatre


  • "Are You There, George?" was named #1 Newbie of MN Fringe by arts and culture magazine

Directing Credits

  • "Mud" by Maria Irene Fornes (Riverside Theatre and UI Theatre Department)

  • "My Sister" by Janet Schlapkohl (Quad City Theatre Workshop, Riverside Theatre)



My best friend, Kaitlyn Busbee, is an accomplished filmmaker and I wanted to hang out with her all the time, so I started making films. Here's my acting reel


  • Sexpert Franzen (short), Lead/Writer/Producer, Dir. Kaitlyn Busbee

  • These Hopeless Savages (feature), Featured//Producer, Dir. Kaitlyn Busbee and Sean Lewis

  • Sad Dad (web series), Lead/Producer, Dir. Kaitlyn Busbee and Sean Lewis

  • Where are you? (short), Lead/Producer, Dir. Kaitlyn Busbee

  • In Luck (web series pilot), Lead, Tiny Pony Pictures Productions

  • Grow Up (short), Featured, Dir. Ben Handler


  • Named Best Supporting Actress in These Hopeless Savages by Wild Rose Film Festival (2014)

  • Sexpert Franzen nominated for Best Short of the Twin Cities Film Fest (2018)

  • In Luck awarded Best Web Series Episode, Women's Comedy Film Festival Atlanta 2021



I love teaching and have worked as a drama teacher, storytelling coach, and TimeSlips facilitator throughout the Midwest.

Teaching highlights:

  • Storytelling workshops include: "Storytelling Seeds: A Generative Workshop" TestKitchen (2019) & Witching Hour Festival (2016), "Storytelling for Advocacy" EverThrive IL Conference (2017, 2018), "Problematic Princesses" WAVES Programming (2016)

  • I'm a Certified TimeSlips facilitator and worked with seniors with memory loss in Chicago to create original stories using photographs, poetry, music, and movement

  • I've taught drama to adults and teenagers with developmental disabilities using movement, improvisation, and song to create and stage original productions


Sexpert Franzen, a short film by Kaitlyn Busbee and Maria Vorhis (Official Trailer)